I want to dye (or buy) a piece of glass or plastic (whatever works best) white. However, I still want to be able to see through it. I guess about 80% white - 20% transparent. I only need to see through from one side, so a mesh would probably be an Idea, however this is not the prefered solution.

The "frosted" look probably lets enough light through, however - it is not see through.

There are some electric "foils" that can be put on windows, to change it from clear to opaque( by percentage), but I dont think that this is the thing I'm looking for, because I don't have to change the opacity and like this I'd be reliable on electricity.

One side is dark, the otherone is most of the times bright, and the white side (perceved from the bright side) should be perceved as white even if the "outer" person is very close to the glass. The "see-through" from the inner site doesn't have to be perfect, like on a two way mirror, and it's okay, if the person has to get really close (like the distance of sunglasses). Pinnhole glasses won't do it.

I want to make some kind of lenses.

Maybe dye is not the way to go, I don't know. How would I solve this problem?

I beleve Legecy Effects, Airbrushed part of the Visor on Robocop, might this be a possibillyty? How would I do this, so it kepps to be a little bit transparent?

Feel free to edit the question, if it seems unclear and you think that you could claryfy it.


If you put clear tape on frosted glass it becomes see-through. You could try that if it's meant to be a momentary peek-though situation.

screenshot showing clear tape on frosted glass

Or you could mostly frost it with white alcohol ink. Just leaving enough of an open lattice to achieve a veiled appearance.

I'd think a decent way to accomplish that would be to put on some gloves, wad up a small piece of fabric, wet it with the alcohol ink, then dab it on the glass. Practice on a scrap piece of clear plastic a few times to get the technique down, like from a 2-liter bottle that you cut apart.

I remember hearing about see-through concrete that had similar properties: link to article

  • the goal is to make lenses, that are white from the outside and see through from the inside, so the peek-though won't work. – Frezzley Mar 14 '17 at 9:26
  • Would pinhole glasses do? – Doyousketch2 Mar 14 '17 at 9:33
  • No, not really, It should be equally white everywhere, but still thank you for the input. – Frezzley Mar 14 '17 at 9:35
  • My kid has a little ninja mask with see through fabric. It's stretchy like, a thick form of nylon-stockings. You could look into sheer fabric. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheer_fabric - Attaching it to frames might be tough though. – Doyousketch2 Mar 14 '17 at 9:41

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